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Old 06-12-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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I can just imagine what was going through this guy's mind as he was shooting the video: "wow, this plane is headed straight for me, but it's not getting any higher!"


YouTube - Dehavilland Beaver Plane Crash at Lake Hood (HD)

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Old 06-12-2009, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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There is no reason for this Beaver to use that much lake unless it was way overloaded! He also didn't maintain directional control running up to the channel between Spenard Lake and Lake Hood! He looks aft heavy, too.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:13 PM
 
Location: um....guess
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Holy crap, get out of the way videographer!!!! I'm assuming everyone was ok, the crash didn't look that serious. But still, scary!
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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There has been more than one airplane crash into that same parking lot. With as many planes that take off from there every day, it is amazing the videographer picked that plane to tape.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:59 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Coincidence I wonder or did the videographer have inside information so he could become a
Youtube star.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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There is no reason for this Beaver to use that much lake unless it was way overloaded! He also didn't maintain directional control running up to the channel between Spenard Lake and Lake Hood! He looks aft heavy, too.
I'm not an expert on the Beaver, but to me it doesn't sound like the engine is at full power either.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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I agree with Warpt...way to overloaded in my mind...was family and dog(s) that made it and who knows what else with what they had on board and fuel, but he had no control from the video or the news, to get any lift to get out of there...
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Mill Creek Hundred
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[quote=Moose Whisperer;9266485]I'm not an expert on the Beaver

Me either but I know I like them...
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:32 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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There is no reason for this Beaver to use that much lake unless it was way overloaded! He also didn't maintain directional control running up to the channel between Spenard Lake and Lake Hood! He looks aft heavy, too.
Yeah, it wasn't the wind either, the branches aren't moving that much and the spray is pretty much the same on both sides. I would bet that he was way far off on the Aft CG. Doesn't look like he could see out of the window very well either.

You see a lot of the Beavers and C180's and the like using a lot of water to get off Lake Hood, seems to be a common thread....

Lucky that it was an "Off" day, there are normally dozens of people standing where that went down taking photos of the planes on a nice weekend day...

Went to get more photos of the plane last night, but it was gone.

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Old 06-14-2009, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Haines, AK
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He is lucky it happened in the day when the wind was calm. That evening the wind really picked up. Dust on the airport was blowing around and kept getting in my eyes.
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